The Shark Resource Assessment Group is one of the research and scientific committees which contributes to the management of the Gillnet, Hook and Trap Sector of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery.

The group provides advice to AFMA and the South East Management Advisory Committee on the status of shark stocks, sub stocks, species (target and non-target), the impact of shark fishing on the marine environment and the type of information needed for stock assessments. They also evaluate the impact over time of different harvest strategies, stock depletion and recovery rates, confidence levels for fishery assessments and risks to the success of fishery objectives. Compliance and economic factors affecting the fishery are also evaluated and reported on by the group.

This group provides an avenue for consultation between industry members, fishery managers, fishery economists, fishery scientists, conservationists and other interest groups.

Recent discussion topics

  • research priorities for the gillnet sector for the 2017-18 funding year
  • a new stock assessment and recommended biological catch for gummy shark for the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 fishing seasons
  • any impacts of increased hook caught gummy shark on the species stock assessment
  • rebuilding strategy for school shark and the development of an independent index of abundance.

Download the most recent meeting minutes on the Shark Resource Assessment Group meetings page.

Next meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 December 2017.

Current research priorities

  • Development and implementation of a school shark index of abundance
  • Environmental Risk Assessment for the shark hook fishing method (manual and auto-baiting)
  • Measures to mitigate dolphin bycatch in gillnets
  • Support monitoring of population size and trends for dolphins and Australian sea lions.

Past meetings

Past minutes, recommendations and advice can be found on the Shark Resource Assessment Group past meetings page.

Members

Members are appointed for the period 1 August 2016 until 30 June 2019.

  • Mr Sandy Morison, Chair
  • Dr Brendan Kelaher, scientific member
  • Dr Ian Knuckey, scientific member
  • Dr Charlie Huveneers, scientific member
  • Dr Robin Thomson, scientific member
  • Mr David Stone, industry member
  • Mr Kyri Toumazos, industry member
  • Mr Leigh Castle, industry member
  • Mr Robert Curtotti, economic member
  • Ms Anissa Lawrence, conservation member
  • Mr Brodie Macdonald, AFMA member

Contact

Ryan Keightley
Executive Officer
Tel: 02 6225 5555
Email: ryan.keightley@afma.gov.au